Network: Web sites

Channel

http://www.channel.org.uk/

There are plenty of online galleries out there, but art actually created for the Web is much more elusive: as hard to define as it often is to download. calls itself a "national Internet arts agency" and supplies a valuable page of links to UK artists, as well as initiating projects of its own. The latest of these seeks submissions on the "digital city", eventually to be presented in the form of an integrated map. Already viewable are Heath Bunting's satire on video surveillance, linking webcams from round the world and asking viewers to keep an eye open for street crime (local police fax numbers supplied); and Rory Hamilton's "Airports", which mixes images from air and computer terminals while finding time for a few silly jokes: "Laptops should not be operated during takeoff, since flying a plane and typing is very dangerous."

U-boat.net

http://uboat.net/

On 14 September 1939, the German submarine U39, manufactured by AG Weser of Bremen and commanded by Kptlt Gerhard Glattes, was sunk on its first patrol by depth charges from the destroyers HMS Faulknor, Foxhound and Firedrake, at map reference 58.32N,11.49W. You can trace the destinies of a further 1,167 U-boats through the 1,600 pages of records, maps, images and bibliographies in this Leviathan of a site. The Icelandic creator of this award-winning historical resource, Gudmundur Helgason, claims naval experience of his own in a "semi-official cod war with Norway". He warns his fellow-obsessives worldwide not to phone Iceland at 4am to ask him about midget submarines.

Coca Cola Japan

http://www.cocacola.co.jp

The title page is a big red dispenser from which a can of Coke - or sometimes Fanta - comes thudding out, followed by a frenzy of games, images, and Shockwave-showcasing. The Japanese Coke jingle can be experienced in Techno, Jungle and something called Love Circus mixes, along with children's games and some rather reluctant movie clips. Though the full text is only legible with a Japanese browser, the site is also extensively bilingual and seems, like its subject, to be designed for global consumption.

The Worsley Institute of Blu-Tack Art

http://mail.bris.ac.uk/ligrw/home_blutack.html

A humble poster-putty finally comes into its own as an artistic medium. Or rather, a couple of very bored inmates of Bristol University's Chemical Library concoct a sendup of modern art criticism to explain their (rather cute) little sculptures of bunnies, cats and dinosaurs. The result won't quite earn them an Arts Council grant, though the team are coming on nicely as theoreticians, as with an unauthorised version of Gromit (no Wallace as yet): "by the simple expedient of changing the medium from plasticine to blu-tack, the artist has challenged our most fundamental (mis)conceptions of art, media and contemporary "culture", summarised in the following formula: blu-tack + transposition = TRANSMOGRIFICATION." You've still got to be careful peeling it off wallpaper, though.

The Miserable Old Git

http://fenet.co.uk/mog/

Real-life Victor Meldrews would enjoy this anthology of online curmudgeonliness, if only they'd let themselves, which of course they won't. "Wear your scowl with pride" is the motto here. A Hall of Fame section includes Scrooge, Jean-Paul Sartre and Alf Garnett as miserabilists-through-the-ages, and there are banner ads for bankrupt mobile phone companies and a "totally dumb" search engine which supplies 200,000 unrelated sites for each query. It doesn't work, of course.

Suggested Topics
Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Arts and Entertainment
Lou Reed distorted the truth about his upbringing, and since his death in 2013, biographers and memoirists have added to the myths
musicThe truth about Lou Reed's upbringing beyond the biographers' and memoirists' myths
News
people
News
Ed Miliband received a warm welcome in Chester
election 2015
Life and Style
Apple CEO Tim Cook announces the Apple Watch during an Apple special even
fashionIs the Apple Watch for you? Well, it depends if you want it for the fitness tech, or for the style
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebooks
ebooksA special investigation by Andy McSmith
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs Media

Recruitment Genius: Telesales Executive - OTE £25,000

£15000 - £25000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This publishing company based i...

Ashdown Group: Content Manager - Publishing

£30000 - £35000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: A highly successful, glo...

Guru Careers: Report Writer / Reporting Analyst

£25 - 30k + Benefits: Guru Careers: A Report Writer / Reporting Analyst is nee...

Guru Careers: German Speaking Account Manager / Account Executive

£24-30K + Excellent Benefits: Guru Careers: A German speaking Account Manager ...

Day In a Page

NHS struggling to monitor the safety and efficacy of its services outsourced to private providers

Who's monitoring the outsourced NHS services?

A report finds that private firms are not being properly assessed for their quality of care
Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

Zac Goldsmith: 'I'll trigger a by-election over Heathrow'

The Tory MP said he did not want to stand again unless his party's manifesto ruled out a third runway. But he's doing so. Watch this space
How do Greek voters feel about Syriza's backtracking on its anti-austerity pledge?

How do Greeks feel about Syriza?

Five voters from different backgrounds tell us what they expect from Syriza's charismatic leader Alexis Tsipras
From Iraq to Libya and Syria: The wars that come back to haunt us

The wars that come back to haunt us

David Cameron should not escape blame for his role in conflicts that are still raging, argues Patrick Cockburn
Sam Baker and Lauren Laverne: Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

Too busy to surf? Head to The Pool

A new website is trying to declutter the internet to help busy women. Holly Williams meets the founders
Heston Blumenthal to cook up a spice odyssey for British astronaut manning the International Space Station

UK's Major Tum to blast off on a spice odyssey

Nothing but the best for British astronaut as chef Heston Blumenthal cooks up his rations
John Harrison's 'longitude' clock sets new record - 300 years on

‘Longitude’ clock sets new record - 300 years on

Greenwich horologists celebrate as it keeps to within a second of real time over a 100-day test
Fears in the US of being outgunned in the vital propaganda wars by Russia, China - and even Isis - have prompted a rethink on overseas broadcasters

Let the propaganda wars begin - again

'Accurate, objective, comprehensive': that was Voice of America's creed, but now its masters want it to promote US policy, reports Rupert Cornwell
Why Japan's incredible long-distance runners will never win the London Marathon

Japan's incredible long-distance runners

Every year, Japanese long-distance runners post some of the world's fastest times – yet, come next weekend, not a single elite competitor from the country will be at the London Marathon
Why does Tom Drury remain the greatest writer you've never heard of?

Tom Drury: The quiet American

His debut was considered one of the finest novels of the past 50 years, and he is every bit the equal of his contemporaries, Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers and David Foster Wallace
You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

You should judge a person by how they peel a potato

Dave Hax's domestic tips are reminiscent of George Orwell's tea routine. The world might need revolution, but we like to sweat the small stuff, says DJ Taylor
Beige is back: The drab car colours of the 1970s are proving popular again

Beige to the future

Flares and flounce are back on catwalks but a revival in ’70s car paintjobs was a stack-heeled step too far – until now
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's dishes highlight the delicate essence of fresh cheeses

Bill Granger cooks with fresh cheeses

More delicate on the palate, milder, fresh cheeses can also be kinder to the waistline
Aston Villa vs Liverpool: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful,' says veteran Shay Given

Shay Given: 'This FA Cup run has been wonderful'

The Villa keeper has been overlooked for a long time and has unhappy memories of the national stadium – but he is savouring his chance to play at Wembley
Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own - Michael Calvin

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Timeless drama of Championship race in league of its own